Priest Theater

15 NW First Street,
High Springs, FL 32643

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 31, 2007 at 8:17 am

This website claims that this theater might be converted to a community cultural center.

“By June 30, 2007 we will develop a strategy for strengthening arts, live music, theater and crafts within the downtown district. We will partner with High Springs Community Theater and other arts organizations to develop this strategy. We will explore funding opportunities for converting the historic Priest Theater into a community cultural center. Lead Responsibility: Economic Restructuring Committee”.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 22, 2007 at 7:01 pm

In 1963 the Priest was part of MCM Theaters, headquartered in the Tropic Theater building in Leesburg, FL.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 24, 2007 at 1:24 pm

Here is another photo of the Priest Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2008 at 9:13 am

This is a 2008 photo of the Priest Theater and here is the dress code for this theater. It sounds like this theater is operated by priests.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 29, 2008 at 9:20 am

They are discouraging gang-related clothing. Maybe the theater is in a bad neighborhood.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2008 at 9:27 am

I don’t see how girls wearing shorts can be gang related. Doesn’t it get hot in Florida? Maybe the owner wants them to wear sweatsuits. That would make it easier to hide weapons.

jrhine
jrhine on September 24, 2009 at 11:47 am

People go to church in Florida in clothing that would violate the dress code!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 24, 2009 at 7:04 pm

MCM Theatres bought the Priest from its previous owner, Mrs. Mary Priest Logan, in 1953. The Boxoffice item about the transaction, published in the issue of November 7, said that MCM had already been operating the theater under a lease for more than seven years.

Dramatrauma
Dramatrauma on April 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

The Priest is in fact still showing films along with serving as a cultural center for the town. Like so many other independent cinemas they are under the gun to convert from 35 mm. Not to worry platter fans: fortunately they are one of the theaters that can keep one of the 35 mm projectors along side the new rig.

They have begun a “Digital or Dark” campaign on Kickstarter to save their business. Any overage will go to refurbishing their historic building. I myself am crossing my fingers that they do so well they restore the knife blade marquee!

Donate and spread the word! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/909996519/save-the-priest

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